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4.4 quake rattles Guadalajara, no injuries reported

The Mexican National Seismological Service registered an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter Scale, with the epicenter in Tesistán, Jalisco, at 10.09 a.m. on Tuesday, December 15.

The quake rattled buildings throughout metropolitan area Guadalajara.

Several public buildings, schools and commercial malls were evacuated as a precaution.

Around 500 people, inlcuding doctors, nurses and patients, were evacuated from the Hospital General de Zapopan, better known as the Hospitalito.   Occupants of public buildings in downtown Zapopan were also asked to leave their premises.

Trinidad López Rivas, chief of the Jalisco Civil Protection unit, said no injuries have been reported thus far. He said he had received some reports of fissures in buildings and that his staff were checking them out.

Zapopan Mayor Pablo Lemus said on Twitter that he was heading to Nextipac, an area of the municipality that has periodically been affected by large earth cracks that have threatend some of the town's properties.

An aftershock measured at 3.9 on the Richter Scale occured at 11.50 p.m., prompting further evacuations, Jalisco Civil Protection tweeted.


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